Cosun is an agri-industrial cooperative specialising in processing arable crops and vegetable raw materials from sugar beet, potatoes and chicory. Consisting of approximately 9,000 Dutch sugar beet growers, the cooperative is involved in supplying products for foodservice and retail outlets, and trading and distributing animal feed. In addition, Cosun is involved in other non-food applications such as developing building blocks for biobased chemicals and producing bioenergy. The most widely known business groups under the cooperative include sugar producer Suiker Unie and Aviko, one of Europe’s largest producers of fresh, frozen, dried and specialty potato products.

Baseline assessment


Started the journey


Room for improvement

Social inclusion

Started the journey


Cosun publicly discloses commitments across the environment and social inclusion dimensions but has room for improvement when it comes to nutrition. Showing awareness of its role as a large processor of raw vegetable products, the company has set time-bound GHG emissions reduction targets and reports against these targets. Moreover, Cosun demonstrates some efforts to enhance soil health and optimise the use of fertilisers. However, the company lacks time-bound commitments relating to key environmental topics such as minimising freshwater use and reducing plastic packaging. Cosun demonstrates its contribution to nutrition through its practices on protein diversification and food safety. Nevertheless, the company provides no evidence either of improving the nutritional quality of its products or implementing workforce nutrition programmes. Regarding social inclusion, Cosun commits to eliminating child and forced labour in its own operations and supply chain. It also commits to health and safety in its own operations, but it does not commit to paying a living wage or supporting smallholder productivity.

Food and Agriculture Benchmark

The Food and Agriculture Benchmark will assess 350 keystone companies on the issues underpinning the food system transformation agenda. The benchmark’s aim is to stimulate companies to apply sustainable business practices throughout their operations as well as use their influence to encourage value chain partners to do the same. WBA has organised the food and agriculture value chain into six sub-sectors. These sub-sectors are also reflected in the methodology framework.

Food and agriculture revenue
EUR 2,046,000,000
(USD 2,290,446,000)
Major subsidiaries
Aviko, SVZ
Consumer brands

Value chain sub-sectors

Other benchmarks

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